Chinese Therapy Balls – Cloisonne (pair w/ box)
( box included on all sizes except 63mm and 73mm )
Uses:Flexibility, Limberness, Stress Relief
Description: Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese Health Spheres were developed to gently stimulate the muscles, nerves, and acupressure points of the fingers, hands, and forearms. The result is improved circulation, beneficial for relaxation, meditation, and stress relief. All Chinese Therapy Balls (with the exception of the Colossal – 63mm and 73mm) come in pairs in a beautiful silk display box.
Choosing a size: start with the size that’s most comfortable for you.
- XS (1.25″ / 35mm) is comfortable for young children
- S (1.5″ / 40mm) for older children, women, and men with small hands
- M (1.75″ / 45mm) for most men and women with large hands
- L (2″ / 50mm) for men with large hands
- XL (2.25″ / 55mm) for men with very large hands and for some advanced exercises.
Increase the size to increase flexibility and range of motion in your hands. Decrease the size to increase coordination.Therapist’s note: If using to improve range of motion after an injury, use various sizes to accomplish improvement. To improve extension, use larger balls. To improve flexion, use smaller balls. Solid balls can facilitate a more natural movement pattern for those with limited flexion. They also add weight, which can build strength.
History: Chinese iron balls have long been famed as one of the “three treasures” of Baoding, China . First produced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), iron balls have often been improved through the ages by skilled Chinese handicraftsmen. Originally, these balls were simple, solid cylindrical objects. Later, handicraftsmen began designing hollow balls and inserting sounding plates that produce high and low tones when used. These lighter balls are easier to handle and the musical tones contribute to the relaxation process that results from exercising with them.
Directions: The balls are placed in one’s hand and rotated in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This exercise will keep all of the points in one’s hands in constant motion. With the muscles in one’s fingers and forearms contracting and relaxing harmoniously. Beginners should select balls of a smaller size and then, over time, increase ball size as one’s proficiency improves. Ultimately, one can exercise both hands alternately or simultaneously and may even choose to use three or four balls in one hand.
Maintenance: The balls are made of metal and, hence, should be kept dry and clean. Although the balls are strong and durable, owners should avoid violently knocking them against each other and against other solid objects and surfaces. If one plans not to use them for a long period of time, it is advisable to coat the balls with wax or grease for maintenance and preservation.